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Lawrence to continue to allow deer hunting at old Ala. 157 landfill

MOULTON — Lawrence County commissioners agreed Monday to continue allowing deer hunting on leased property at the old landfill on Alabama 157.

Deer hunting became an issue when residents complained last month.

The lease prohibits deer hunting, but commissioners and the county attorney said they had an understanding that it would be allowed when they leased out the land.

The county originally leased the nearly 600 acres in 1998 for $600. At that time, it was used only for hunting rabbits and other small game. Later, the county leased it for $1,500.

“Common sense will tell you that we knew they were going to deer hunt,” said Commissioner Bradley Cross. “They wouldn’t give that much money just to rabbit hunt.”

The lease expires in 2010, but the county can terminate it with 30 days’ notice.

Commissioner John Terry moved to allow the current lessee to keep the contract for one more year, then rebid the contract. Commissioner Alma Whitlow seconded the motion.

“You’re getting into a gray area if you terminate (the lease) and rebid it to allow deer hunting,” County Attorney Cecil Caine advised. “To me, it violates the spirit of the lease if you cancel it and then allow deer hunting anyway.”

The motion passed without further discussion.

- Kristen Bishop

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